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Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Award Winners Named for 2022

The San Diego Business Journal is honoring seven individuals and nine organizations for outstanding work in the nonprofit sphere as part of its Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards for 2022.

Profiles of the winners can be accessed via the link in this article.


Organizations Applauded

Cox Communications is being recognized as Corporate Partner of the Year. Notably, the company has provided support to Junior Achievement of San Diego County.
Jewish Family Service of San Diego is being honored for its Heart & Soul Gala. Held in April, the event has been named Fundraising Event of the Year.

San Diego County Credit Union took honors for Most Innovative Awareness Campaign with its “Stuff the Bus” promotion to give school supplies to students in need.
Chula Vista-based SBCS, which offers a variety of social services, has been named Nonprofit of the Year in the large category.

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Three organizations are being honored as Nonprofit of the Year in the mid-size category. These are STEP, also known as Support the Enlisted Project; Curebound, which is seeking for cures for cancer, partially by obtaining funding from the Padres Pedal the Cause event; and San Diego Pride, which advocates for public policy benefiting the LGBTQ+ community.

The award for Outstanding Collaboration Between a Business and a Nonprofit goes to Feeding San Diego, which received a large donation of food from Jensen Meat Company.
The award for Outstanding Social Responsibility goes to Marsh McLennan Agency. The award acknowledges more than 100 years of community support from the Barney & Barney Foundation.


Individuals Honored

In addition, five individuals and a local couple are being honored.
Sean Spear, president and CEO of Community Housing Works, is being recognized for helping those with insecure housing. He is the recipient of the Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award in the large category.

There are two awards for Nonprofit Executive of the Year in the mid-size category. Alexa-Rae Navarro, executive director of Startup San Diego, is being recognized for her work. Also recognized is Sofia Salgado Robitaille, executive director of the Southwestern College Foundation.

The award for Outstanding Social Responsibility Executive of the Year goes to Aaron Byzak, chief external affairs officer with Tri-City Medical Center, for his work with Tri-City and as a private citizen.

Pat and Stephanie Kilkenny, whose Lucky Duck Foundation has provided millions of dollars to feed and shelter San Diego’s homeless population, have been named Philanthropists of the Year.

The award for Volunteer of the Year goes to Marjorie Zinner for her work with Feeding San Diego.

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